I originally didn't want to see this movie because I didn't want to see the memory of one of my favorite movies from my childhood (the original) have it's memory tarnished by a poor effort. Well I finally caved (two years later) and saw it and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Sure, it wasn't as good as the first, but it wasn't half bad. The visual stuff was amazing, Danny Elfman's score, as always, was amazing - even Johnny Depp was good. I like that they give you a little background to Willy Wonka and made some differences between this and the original. I also liked the Oompa Loompa songs. Speaking of them, Deep Roy was amazing in this film. I watched the special features and all the stuff he had to go through was crazy. However, this film was pretty dark in it's own way, which is classic Tim Burton. I'd say you should check it out AFTER seeing the original.